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All things calm in the center of what it means to be a human being, embracing the moments of our lives with joy, fullness, and hope.  www.calm.amyfullerphd.com
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What You *Really* Need To Know About Meditation

What You *Really* Need To Know About Meditation | CALM | Scoop.it
The main purpose of meditation isn't just to relax. If you want to do that, best have a beer and put your feet up or have a hot bath. Meditation is about cultivating present-moment awareness and

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American Institute Health Care Professionals's curator insight, June 27, 2013 3:12 PM

#guidetomeditation #aboutmeditation #mentaltraining  Not every article about meditation has be to a guide to meditation.   This article states that relaxation and peace is not the main purpose of why we meditate.   It goes on to state that meditation is mental training.   It helps us not react to daily life.   It helps with our body's natural healing powers and helps us make more conscious choices throughout the day.  

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Bring Your Life Into Balance: A Free Self-Guided Program for Becoming a Healthier, Happier You

Bring Your Life Into Balance: A Free Self-Guided Program for Becoming a Healthier, Happier You | CALM | Scoop.it
Emotional Self-Help Toolkit: Bring Your Life Into Balance


A Self-Guided Program to Help You Relieve Stress and Take Control of Your Life

Do you feel overwhelmed by stress and responsibilities? Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, or worry? Are mood swings interfering with your relationships at home and work? Or do you feel trapped in a negative cycle, repeating the same mistakes over and over? Then it’s time to make a change. By learning how to harness stress and manage your emotions, you can become healthier, happier, and have a more positive effect on those around you


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www.helpguide.org This is a rich and resourseful website with all sorts of tools for managing stress and creating calm. Enjoy! www.AmyFullerPhd.com    www.fullerlifefamilytherapy.org 

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Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 10, 2013 1:36 PM

Great tools videos and exercises about befriending emotions and self-care techniques for stress.

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10 Simple Ways to Become a More Generous Person | Becoming Minimalist

10 Simple Ways to Become a More Generous Person | Becoming Minimalist | CALM | Scoop.it
Most people I know wish they were able to give more. To that end, there are a number of simple steps that we can take to make generosity more intentional in our lives.
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Gratitude, shmatitude.Just let me enjoy my pumpkin pie in peace.

Gratitude, shmatitude.Just let me enjoy my pumpkin pie in peace. | CALM | Scoop.it
Blog post at Too Darn Happy :
What's that, you say? You're tired of hearing about gratitude?

Truth be told, so am I.

I know that's a surprise, coming from Miss To[..]
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15 Ways to Stay Human. ~ Jennifer White & Bryonie Wise

15 Ways to Stay Human. ~ Jennifer White & Bryonie Wise | CALM | Scoop.it
It often seems that many people out there have forgotten what a huge impact small acts of kindness have.
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There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way ...

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way ... | CALM | Scoop.it
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"There is no way to happiness,
happiness is the way."

Beautiful poem about happiness and living in the present moment. 

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Healing Practices: The Healing Power of Beautiful Spaces

Healing Practices: The Healing Power of Beautiful Spaces | CALM | Scoop.it
Many of us practice daily habits in order to maintain our health. We brush our teeth every day as an essential step of oral and heart health. Many of us engage in some form of daily exercise to mai...

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Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 9, 2013 4:25 PM

Time spent in nature and beauty increases both physical and mental well-being.

Pat Slade's curator insight, July 14, 2013 8:16 AM

Surrounding one's self with beauty is healthy.  

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How to Evaluate Your Own Emotional Intelligence

How to Evaluate Your Own Emotional Intelligence | CALM | Scoop.it
‘What you need now is emotional intelligence,’ was what China’s new president told a graduating class last month at their top tech school.Now Bloomberg’s Businessweek tells us

Via Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
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Daniel Goleman, a guru or emotional intelligence, provides questions for self-reflection.  I've read his book on Emotional intelligence and he reports emotional intelligence, or what some of us call "soft skills," as the main indicator of success in the workplace. 

 

According to these 10 questions, intended for self-reflection, emotional intellegence includes self-awareness, acknowledgement of personal limitations and strengths, emotional regulation, adaptation to change, negotiation, empathy, persuasion, ability to focus and being a team player. 

 

And the good news: emotional intelligence competencies can be upgraded.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:28 AM

We need this as we go into each day. Children need to be learning and using in their learning.

Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 9, 2013 4:38 PM

A great emotional intelligence checklist to see areas of strengths and areas that can grow.

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enjoy a moment of calm

enjoy a moment of calm | CALM | Scoop.it
a digital relaxation experience
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Calm.com offers beautiful live digital scenes which you can choose from and a 2 minute guided meditation to set your mind, body and soul at ease. It has a great app for your smart phone to do on the go. 

This 2 minute mediation could be a great resource in those moments when we become emotionally highjacked and so full of negative emotion that it feels like we can't even breathe. 

There is a great app for smartphones. 

May you be at ease and calm. Amy Fuller Phd

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:01 PM

It was good.

Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 9, 2013 11:27 AM

LOVE this! What a great way to destress and do a little self-care!

Pat Slade's curator insight, July 14, 2013 8:14 AM

Relaxation exercise that is easily accessible.

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5 Characteristics Of A Beautiful Mind

5 Characteristics Of A Beautiful Mind | CALM | Scoop.it
By Headspace We all have ideas about what a healthy, happy body looks like but do we know what makes up the components of a healthy and happy mind?
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We are all aware of what makes up a beautiful body, but what does a beautiful mind look like?  It is calm, grateful, clear, spontaneous, and caring. This article outlines these concepts and their relationship to meditation. 

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The power of self-compassion - Harvard Health Publications

The power of self-compassion - Harvard Health Publications | CALM | Scoop.it

Harvard psychologist Christopher Germer, in his book The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, suggests that there are five ways to bring self-compassion into your life: via physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual methods. He and other experts have proposed a variety of ways to foster self-compassion. Here are a few:

 

Comfort your body. Eat something healthy. Lie down and rest your body. Massage your own neck, feet, or hands. Take a walk. Anything you can do to improve how you feel physically gives you a dose of self-compassion.

 

Write a letter to yourself. Describe a situation that caused you to feel pain (a breakup with a lover, a job loss, a poorly received presentation). Write a letter to yourself describing the situation without blaming anyone. Acknowledge your feelings.

 

Give yourself encouragement. If something bad or painful happens to you, think of what you would say to a good friend if the same thing happened to him or her. Direct these compassionate responses toward yourself.

 

Practice mindfulness. This is the nonjudgmental observation of your own thoughts, feelings, and actions, without trying to suppress or deny them. When you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, accept the bad with the good with a compassionate attitude.


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John Michel's curator insight, June 29, 2013 9:43 AM

Forgiving and nurturing yourself can set the stage for better health, relationships, and general well-being. Self-compassion yields a number of benefits, including lower levels of anxiety and depression. Self-compassionate people recognize when they are suffering and are kind to themselves at these times, which reduces their anxiety and related depression.

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The Breath Prayer | Contemplative Outreach Ltd.

The Breath Prayer | Contemplative Outreach Ltd. | CALM | Scoop.it

The breath prayer is simply taking a prayer/scripture phrase and praying it in rhythm with our breathing. I remember taking a phrase from the writing of St. Anthony the Desert Father: "I walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living" As I walk, I breathe in "I walk in the Presences of the Lord", and breathing out, "in the land of the living". This practice is based on the wisdom that as the phrase becomes more part of me, it is erasing or purifying some of the recurring thoughts that happen as I am going about the business of life. It really helps us put on the mind of Christ by eliminating some of the other chatter that goes on in us as a constant commentary.

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A Jesuit priest explains what the breath prayer is and how to do it. 

...The breath prayer is simply taking a prayer/scripture phrase and praying it in rhythm with our breathing. 

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Gratitude and Listening | Contemplative Outreach Ltd.

Gratitude and Listening | Contemplative Outreach Ltd. | CALM | Scoop.it

LISTENING

Listen to the Wind
and let it blow through
my open windows.

Listen to the Stars
and let them shine
through empty darkness
from eternity...

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A beautiful poem on listening in quietness

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The Mindfulness Movie

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Not sure what to make of this, but there is now a Mindfulness Movie! http://t.co/FQ0uX3oOPg

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New movie on Mindfulness coming out Fall 2013...check out the preview!

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Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness

Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness | CALM | Scoop.it
Learn how to say "yes" to the present moment.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, June 20, 2013 8:46 AM

Greenberg provides basic concepts of mindfulness. A mindfulness practice fosters a deeper connection to self and grounds your very being in the present moment. In the Christian tradition centering prayer opens oneself to the presence of God within and deeply into the experience of the sacrament of the present moment. Learning to say 'Yes!' is an invitation to living beyond words, emotions, and thoughts and leading from within. 

ozziegontang's curator insight, June 20, 2013 12:42 PM

No need to add.. Read Annette Schmeling's insight. For those that have read Melanie's blog post, it is a good reminder and also a good piece to share with others inquiring about Mindfulness.


Thomas Aquinas said when asked how do you explain the world. Explain the world in terms of God.  The follow on question flowed quite naturally: How do  you explain God.  He said: You explain God in terms of complete and absolute Mystery.


Lee Thayer's next book in process is on Mental Hygiene. All that we address and talk about are human explanations and interpretations. What we speak of as reality is something that we will never know as it is always seen through the eyes of the beholder.


We say: I learn from my experience. What we mean is: I learn from my interpretations of my experience. I realize I may have the same  near death experience as you and our interpretations of that experience may be polar opposite.

Peter L Wiltshire's curator insight, August 22, 2013 8:23 AM

Mindfulness is a way of being present to yourself and the present moment. It is also a process of becoming your true self.

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7 Effective Ways Happy People Think

7 Effective Ways Happy People Think | CALM | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living  

Believe it or not, I’ve read 27 personal development books specifically on the topic of happiness over the last few years.  (Yeah, I suppose that makes me a bit of a happiness junkie.)  Throughout my reading, one of the sub-topics that kept catching my attention is how our thoughts directly influence our satisfaction and effectiveness in life.

Today I want to honor and discuss seven ways I’ve changed my thinking, based on the principles I’ve read about, that has undoubtedly made me a happier person.

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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say,
and what you do are in harmony.”
―Mahatma Gandhi

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The “Full Life”…Reflections on Growth, Happiness and Hope

The “Full Life”…Reflections on Growth, Happiness and Hope | CALM | Scoop.it
We all hold the ideals of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” dear to our hearts. The hope of a long life, freedom and the potential of “feeling” happy motivates many to achieve more, ove...
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Compassion in Healing Relationships

Compassion in Healing Relationships | CALM | Scoop.it
  Compassion involves observing the suffering of another and feeling a desire to help alleviate the suffering. Compassion in a counseling setting is by nature non-judgmental, accepting, and gr...
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The Neuroscience of Calming a Baby

The Neuroscience of Calming a Baby | CALM | Scoop.it
New study explains why babies calm down when they are carried.
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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 15, 2013 12:52 AM

According to this study, when a baby is held a calming response is experienced in the parasympatheic nervous system and a part of the brain called the cerebellum. The cerebellum sits at the very back and bottom of our brains and manages things like breathing, heart rate, balance and movement. 

  • Although the cerebellum is only 10% of brain volume it holds over 50% of your brain's neurons. Neuroscientists are perplexed by everything that the cerebellum does. This study offers one more valuable clue. 
  • Scientists have known for years that the cerebellum is directly linked to a feedback loop with the vagus nerve which keeps heart rate slow and gives you grace under pressure. As adults, we can calm ourselves by practicing mindfulness and Loving-Kindness Meditation which puts the cerebellum at peace and creates a parasympathetic response of well being. This appears to be the same response that occurs in infants when they are being carried. 
I would like to know what happens in the adult brain when a baby is held and calmed...most likely the same thing.  
The Neuroscience of Calming a Baby
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Does being a bookworm boost your brainpower in old age?

Does being a bookworm boost your brainpower in old age? | CALM | Scoop.it
New research suggests that reading books, writing and participating in brain-stimulating activities at any age may preserve memory.
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This article tells about how being mentally active affects the brain. Reading, thinking and talking are good for the brain according to a recently released study.  10.1212/WNL.0b013e31829c5e8a

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Sea + sun = happiness: science

Sea + sun = happiness: science | CALM | Scoop.it
Innovative study which maps emotional states through smartphone app links being near sea on sunny day with ultimate happiness.
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Spending time by the sea is connected with happiness.

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Anxious? Activate your anterior cingulate cortex with a little meditation

Anxious? Activate your anterior cingulate cortex with a little meditation | CALM | Scoop.it
Scientists, like Buddhist monks and Zen masters, have known for years that meditation can reduce anxiety, but not how. Scientists have now succeeded in identifying the brain functions involved.
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New research explains how meditation affects the brain to improve emotional regulation and decrease anxiety. 

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12 Steps For Turning Your Walk Into A Meditation (PHOTOS)

12 Steps For Turning Your Walk Into A Meditation (PHOTOS) | CALM | Scoop.it
By Headspace Walking is a great way to integrate mindfulness into your everyday life and has been practiced as a meditative technique for thousands of years.
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The Benefits Of Mindfulness And Meditation For Kids

The Benefits Of Mindfulness And Meditation For Kids | CALM | Scoop.it
As more adults turn to mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation to combat mounting stress in their own lives (91 percent of Americans experienced stress in the month of March, according to a Huffington Post survey), they're also experimenting...
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Mindfulness Training Helps School Kids Relieve Stress | Psych ...

Mindfulness Training Helps School Kids Relieve Stress | Psych ... | CALM | Scoop.it
A new study suggests a particular type of mental training can help to reduce stress and depression among school age children. UK researchers found that.
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